Lose weight. Go on a diet. Eat less junk food. Those are many of the resolutions you hear from people on New Year’s. The issue is sticking with them. They aren’t easy to do. A lot of times people have unrealistic expectations. They decide this is the year they’re going to completely change everything about their diet, but it’s just too hard to do. One key thing to do is start small and set realistic goals. In the long run, you’ll have better self-esteem and more self-confidence because you’ll actually stick with them.
Here are a few tips for a healthier diet and lifestyle:
Don’t skip breakfast – Skipping breakfast makes you hungry later on and slows your metabolism down. Start the day with yogurt and fruit or whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk.
Don’t skip any meals or snacks – Try not to let more than 5 hours go by without eating. Waiting too long can zap energy, and can lead to overeating later. Eat a healthy snack between lunch and dinner, maybe right before leaving work, so you will be less likely to grab snack foods once you get home.
30 minutes of activity every day – It doesn’t have to be all at once. Take a walk after work. You can lose some weight, improve your cardiovascular system, and sleep better.
Drink fewer sodas and other sweetened drinks – Drink water instead. Or mix juice and water, so you’re not drinking something so heavily loaded with sugar. Don’t waste your calories on a sugary drink.
Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day – Buy pre-cut fruits and vegetables, so you can grab them when you’re hungry. Also keep frozen veggies in the fridge. They are easy, quick, and rich in nutrients. Take them to work for a quick lunch you can heat in the microwave.
Bring snacks to work – If you bring snacks to work, you maybe won’t be thinking about grabbing something from the vending machine every day. Snacks you can bring include pretzels, fruit, and yogurt.
Add veggies and protein to pasta – Adding protein and veggies to pasta allows you to cut back on the amount of pasta while still feeling full.
Change it up – Hand-select a variety of fruits instead of buying one large bag of the same fruit. After the third or fourth day of apples, you’ll likely be sick of them. Mix it up with a few different types of apples, 1 pear, 1 banana, etc. This will keep you from getting bored.
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